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VFX Pioneer Petro Vlahos Dies at 96

Special effects pioneer Petro Vlahos passed away at 96 on February 10. Vlahos, who improved the composite-image process known as the blue-screen effect for the 1959 epic Ben Hur also ... Continue Reading →
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Tim Reckart and the Making of ‘Head Over Heels’

A couple of days ago, we had the chance to catch up with Timothy Reckart, the young animator who wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated stop-motion short Head Over Heels. The project, ... Continue Reading →
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Stadermann to Direct ‘Maya the Bee’ Movie

Flying Bark Productions’ managing director Jim Ballantine has announced the director, producer and line producer for the CG-animated feature, Maya the Bee. Alexs Stadermann has been ... Continue Reading →
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‘Underdog’ Co-creator William Biggers Dies at 85

William Watts Biggers, the co-creator of the popular animated series Underdog died at 85 of undisclosed causes last Sunday. Biggers, who was also a novelist, was part of the influential ... Continue Reading →
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Bullock, Brooks & Neeson Sign to Toon Projects

It’s a busy week for voice star announcements as a few studios have revealed key names for their upcoming projects. From Universal/Illumination comes the news that Sandra Bullock ... Continue Reading →
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Animation People: Enzo D’Alò

Italian director Enzo D’Alò serves up a faithful new animated feature based on the original Adventures of Pinocchio. Although Italian author Carlo Collodi wrote his hugely influential ... Continue Reading →
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Putting Himself ‘Out There’

How South Park veteran Ryan Quincy tapped his awkward phase for IFC’s first original cartoon. Cheer up, Generation X: There’s a new adult-targeted toon on the TV block that’s ... Continue Reading →
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Yup, It’s Time for a New ‘Monsters U.’ Trailer!

There are at least 14 new animated features heading our way in 2013, but Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University has already generated a lot of pre-release buzz among toon fans. This week, ... Continue Reading →
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Oz Says He’d Love to Voice Yoda Again

In the wake of news that Yoda may be one of the central figures in Disney/LucasFilm’s upcoming Star Wars films, actor/director/writer Frank Oz says he would love to be the voice of ... Continue Reading →
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Imageworks Adds Dowdeswell, Nichols to Vancouver Studio

Sony Pictures Imageworks has further plumped up its Vancouver, Canada vfx and digital character animation studio (established in 2010) with the appointment of Jason Dowdeswell as VP, ... Continue Reading →